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The Pearl of Orr's Island

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Go on a journey to the coast of Maine and immerse yourself in the picturesque community on Orr’s Island. See the raindrops glistening on the pine needles and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. This is a tale of romance, tragedy, crusty sea captains, an impetuous boy, a loving girl, complete with village gossips and twists in the plot.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_75" id="Page_75">[Pg 75] which distinguish the Puritan household. It seemed a solemn pause in all the sights and sounds of earth. And he whose moral nature was not yet enough developed to fill the blank with visions of heaven was yet wholesomely instructed by his weariness into the secret of his own spiritual poverty.

Zephaniah Pennel, in his best Sunday clothes, with his hard visage glowing with a sort of interior tenderness, ministered this morning at his family-altar—one of those thousand priests of God's ordaining that tend the sacred fire in as many families of New England. He had risen with the morning star and been forth to meditate, and came in with his mind softened and glowing. The trance-like calm of earth and sea found a solemn answer with him, as he read what a poet wrote by the sea-shores of the Mediterranean, ages ago: "Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Who cove. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A good, simple (and sometimes slow) book about a life lived. Beautiful imagery of east coast scenery and a simple commentary of life in Maine in the late 1800s.

Thoughtful religiously-grounded story of a good life and death.

Set on 19th century Orr's Island, Maine, this is the story of two orphaned children and the small rural/sea coast community they grow up in. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in near-by Brunswick for several years, and her familiarity with the area comes through in the small details of life on the isla...more

I was thinking my mind needed a rigorous work-out, and I got it with this book. A very slow, winding read, it was first published in 1866. The English is very antiquated, but it transported me back in time to my teen years when I enjoyed this genteel type of literature.

OMG. So boring. I can't believe I made it to the end.

I found it to be a charming story set in the equally charming setting of coastal Maine. If you enjoy the passion of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and HBS's explicitly Christian perspective, you should enjoy this novel as I did. There's a certain naivete and unconcern with narrative sophistication in Stowe'...more

I very much enjoyed the descriptions of the life, times and beauty of 18th coastal Maine. Central to the theme was a full exploration of the role that Puritanism played in influencing the residents’ lives, as was the importance of travel and trade by sea in the life’s work of the men and the wome...more

I got this book because I was taking a trip to Maine. The story happened to take place exactly where I was vacationing in Maine -- Harpswell. So, that was very neat to read about. It's about the lives of two families on the coast of Maine in the late 1800s. It's an ok story, just very slow in som...more

Since I liked Uncle Tom's Cabin, I decided to try this. I was not disappointed at all. Her presentation of Christian life is very realistic and thought provoking.

My favorite Harriet Beecher Stowe novel.

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